ASTON, PA – Archbishop Carroll rallied back from a two set deficit against No. 1 seed Cardinal O'Hara in the Philadelphia Catholic League Volleyball Championship held Sunday October, 27 at Neumann University and secured their fourth straight PCL Championship title in the process.
The Lions came out strong winning the first set 25-12 and the second 25-19. The third set proved to be a turning point for the Patriots (25-16), whose only loss came earlier this season at the hands of O'Hara (3-1).
It seemed that memory jogged a loss Carroll would soon prove they would like to forget.
On the golden stage, with the championship on the line, the Patriots gave it their all coming away with a 3-2, come-from-behind victory.
The fourth set was an extreme battle of skill, will, strength and sheer exhaustion from both sides. O'Hara held the lead within one point at least three times during the set (27-26, 28-27, 29-28). In what looked like a never-ending match, the Patriots took the fourth set 31-29.
Once the fifth set began all fans in attendance were on their feet to see who would be crowned champion. The Patriots quickly took the lead and never looked back to their 15-8 set victory and achieving their fourth consecutive PCL Title.
First Team All-Catholic junior defensive specialist Meghan McCann scored the winning point.
Carroll head coach Brian McCann, said his team left it all on the court.
“(My team) Played with the heart of a champion and you can’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion,” said McCann.
“We had great senior leadership, players that don’t quit, and players who have been to the championship three times in a row,” said McCann.
O'Hara had a stellar undefeated season and this match was definitely a testament to the skill and mindset of both teams. Lions head coach Bill Collins lauded his teams efforts.
“We worked hard and played great all year, we made some mistakes but Carroll had a lot to do with it (winning the match),” said Collins.
Collins gave credit to the girls on Archbishop Carroll for their impressive performance.
“Paige (Monastero) proved why she is the two-time MVP of the Catholic League. She is phenomenal and Meghan McCann, First Team All-Catholic league three years in a row is absolutely deserved,” said Collins.
Both O’Hara (3A) and Carroll (4A) will move on to represent the Philadelphia Catholic League in the District XII championship on Nov. 1 at Bonner-Prendergast.
Girls’ Volleyball All-Catholic Team 2019
Paige Monastero, 2nd Consecutive year- Archbishop Carroll
Megan McCann - Archbishop Carroll
Regan Hickey- Cardinal O’Hara
Bridgett McGuinn - Cardinal O’Hara
Shannon McDevitt - Archbishop Wood
Tori Rogee - Lansdale Catholic
Emily Collins - Cardinal O’Hara
Holly Arnow - Lansdale Catholic
Stephanie Kraft - Archbishop Wood
Lindsey Fagan - Bonner-Prendergast
Leah O’Brien - Archbishop Carroll
MacKenzie Pugh - St. Hubert’s
Lauren Garvey - Cardinal O’Hara
Gabriella Deluisi - Archbishop Ryan
Siobhan Loughney - Bishop McDevitt
Kelsey O’Hara - Archbishop Carroll
Abby Lance - Bonner-Prendergast
Ashley Brown - Lansdale Catholic
Erin Matthews - Archbishop Wood
Abigail Woods - Archbishop Ryan
Payton Pugh - St. Hubert’s
Julia McNally - Bishop McDevitt